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Lauraceae -- Laurel family

    Margene M. Griggs

    Sassafras albidum),
sometimes called white  sassafras, is a medium-sized, moderately fast growing, aromatic  tree with three distinctive leaf shapes: entire, mittenshaped,  and threelobed. Little more than a shrub in the north, sassafras  grows largest in the Great Smoky Mountains on moist welldrained  sandy loams in open woodlands. It frequently pioneers old fields  where it is important to wildlife as a browse plant, often in  thickets formed by underground runners from parent trees. The  soft, brittle, lightweight wood is of limited commercial value,  but oil of sassafras is extracted from root bark for the perfume  industry.

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Margene M. Griggs

Source: Silvics of North America

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